Nov. 14th SPG ART Industrial School was started on the 14th November 1878 for the orphans of ST. 1878 JOHN’S ORPHANAGE with school upto the 1878.
III Standard and Vocational Training in Carpentry, Tailoring and Gardening. Mr.D.Koilpillai was the first Head Master with the aim not only “TO TEACH READING, WRITING AND ARITHMATICS, BUT ALSO TO TEACH EACH CHILD IN THE ORPHANAGE SOME INDUSTRIAL WORK. SO THAT WHEN THEY LEAVE THE ORPHANAGE THEY MAY EARN THEIR LIVELIHOOD”. Government gave a Grant of Rs. 1000/-.
1881. The Strength of the Orphanage was 129 boys and girls. On the Industrial side there were 10 boys in Carpentry. 11 boys in Tailoring, 8 boys in Weaving and 11 girls in Lace Making, 40 Children were engaged in Gardening, Tree planting etc.
1882. At an exhibition of Needle work held in Madras by the National Indian Association, the school was awarded one prize and 2 certificates. A separate Building for Carpentry work was built. The Director of Public Instruction after reading the report by the Inspector of Schools about the Industrial work done, wrote:
“The Institution, which deserves much encouragement, appears to be making satisfactory progress”
The Collector and District Magistracle Mr. J. B. Pennington was showing a great interest in the Orphanage from its commencement.
1887. Extract from Report of Rev. Margoschis dated 14.11.1887
“ In addition to existing Industries, Carpentry, Tailoring and Weaving and Lace Making, were added Drawing, Embroidery and Blacksmithy, the strength of pupils being 84-56 boys and 28 girls. Carpentry turns out Chairs, Tables, Cots, Desks, Benches, Almyrahs, Bandy-wheels, Weaving with 11 Looms, Cots, Desks, Benches, Almyrahs, Bandy-wheels, Weaving Chairs, Tables, Cots, Desks, Benches, Almyrahs, Bandy-wheels, Weaving with 11 Looms, European and native clothes, clothes for all the 350 orphan children in all the
Boarding Schools. Industrial School at Nazareth etc. and pillow cases and embroidery by 20 women.
Grant was sanctioned for the new Buildings for which Plan and estimate were submitted to Government in 1886 and construction of the new buildings was commenced in January 1887. They were completed and opened on the 14th November 1887 in a ceremonious function in which 14 Clergy men and the Metropolitan participated.
The new buildings consisted of 4 Blocks built in the form of a quadrangle with rooms for Carpentry, Blacksmithy, Drawing, Tailoring, Weaving, Lace Making and Embroidery. A Garden and a large well occupied Centre of the quad rangle. Government granted salaries of teachers and the S.P.G. also helped.
1892. Government accorded recognition on 25.02.1892 to (I) Carpentry and Cabinet Making and (2) Blacksmithy.
1898. Government gradually increased the grant from Rs. 1000 in 1879 to Rs. 4,619 in 1898.
Mr. E. Hogg was appointed as Head master.
1900. The strength of children in the Orphanage-Cum-Art Industrial School was 283. In 1900, the Industrial & Technological studies and pratices included as many as 18 items viz. Carpentry, Masonry, Blocksmithy, Tailoring, Embroidery, Spinning, Weaving Dyeing, Model drawing plan Drawing, Geometry, Painting, Gown-Making or Dress Making. Lamp-wick Making, Lace making, Rattan work, Typing and Shorthand.
1913. A granite ‘Sundial’ made by our school is placed in the ‘Tea Museum’ is still exists at munnar (The Busisiness line, 30.04.2004)
1922. Furniture manufactured in the School was sent to Madras for Exhibition. A carpet made in the School was sold to LADY WELLINGDON. Some Workers were sent to Railway workshop at Perambur. The following important works were completed during 1921,1922.
1. Panelling and furnishing of private Chapel at the Bishop’s Bungalow.
2. Furnishing of a large Church at the Ceylon Government Emigration camp.
3. Building of an operation theatre for St. Luke’s Hospital, Nazareth.
1947. When the CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA was formed, The SPG England handed over the Institution to the CSI and thus it come under the Tirunelveli Diocese of the C.S.I.
1965. In accordance with orders of Government of Madras issued in G.O.Ms. No. 3085 dated 28.08.1965. The name ORPHANAGE was deleted and changed to HOME FOR CHILDREN.
1966. At a meeting of the S.A.S.P. Council of the World Council of Churches held at Geneva which was attended by Captain S.M.Joseph, a Grant of Rs. 5,97,000/- was sanctioned.
1967. With the above sanction, 2 new Trades, Fitter and Turner were introduced Construction work for the new Workshop Building was started in July 1967.
1968. The New Workshop Built for two Trades-TURNING & FITTING – gifted by the World Council of Churches was dedicated by Rt. Rev. A.G. Jebaraj Bishop in Tirunelveli declared open by Mr.James I. Coilpillai, chief Engineer and Administrator, Tuticorin Harbour Project Jan. 1968.
At a meeting convened by the National Council of Churches on the first of Feb. 1968, Representatives of Church related Technical Training Institutions, it was decided to establish an Association for the advancement of Technical Skills to be known as “SKILL for PROGRESS-SKIP. The Art Industrial School became a Member of SKIP.
1969. From 01.01.1969, the services of Mr.OVE Tylring Hanson of Danish Volunteer Service was made available for giving Training in the Workshop of the Art Industrial School.
In order to provide in-plant training to the Trainees after completion of their course in Fitter and Turner Trades, a Production Unit known as “T.D.T.A. LIGHT ENGINEERING WORKS” was started on 7th January.
1970. The Advisory Committee on Technical Services (A.C.T.S) of the World Council of Churches deputed Mr. Richard Layman to evaluate the Institution for setting up a separate Production Unit.
1971. Based on the evaluation done and recommendation made, World Council of Churches accorded approval to the Project in July 1971 and forward it to “Brot Fur Die Welt” ie, “Bread for the Would” a Philanthropic Organisation in West Germany for financing the Project for Rs. 19,46,000 under their Grant P-1964 to improve the product on Unit to a TOOL ROOM with a separate Workshop Building and with requisite Machines – Foreign and Indigenous.
Construction work on the construction of New Workshop Building was started on the 4th November 1971.
Mr. Luener Luers of K.N.H.Duisburg, West Germany, very kindly accorded sanction and grant of Rs. 2,75,000/- to construct a new Hostel Building for St. John’s Home for Children at a cost of Rs. 3,06,000.
1978. CHURCH TOWER CLOCK, Four-faced with Dial 6’.0” in diameter, for St.Michael’s Church at Mudalur in Tirunelveli District was manufactured at the Art Industrial School and installed in the Church Tower. This is really a very enterprising and successful endeavour deserving great appreciation for the good work done in A.I.S. during the Centenary Year.
The Non-Formal Training Course on “Two Wheeler Mechanism and allied Skills” has been inaugurated by the Executive Secretary, skills for progress (SKIP) Mr.J.C. Anthony and dedicated by Rev. R. Joseph, B.Sc., B.D., S.T.M., and Clerical Secretary of Tirunelveli Diocese.
The renovated and extended building of Art Industrial School Guest House was dedicated by the Rt. Rev. Jasan S.Dharmaraj, M.A.,B.D., Dip. The Bishop in Tirunelveli and was declared open at 11:30 am on Friday the 16th June 1989 Governing Board Members, Heads of local Institutions, all Training and staff of the Lunch was served to all participants at 12;30pm after the function.
The C.N.C. machine was installed at the cost of Rs.24,00,000/- and blessed by the Bishop on 08.02.2001. Mr.G.E.Hubbard and his Sister Judith had donated Rs. 1 Lack to Art Industrial School for installation of Interest System. The department for mission’s Ecumenical relations and Church Development serious Germany had donated D.M.25,000/- (Rs.5,34,902.69) for replacement of old machines for Art Industrial School.
It is decided to Conduct Holy Communian Service on first Friday of Every month in Art Industrial School Christ Chapel and is being Conducted.